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Student Ambassador Committee

Comprised of entrepreneurially minded Tennessee undergrad or graduate students, the Student Ambassador Committee advises LaunchTN on how to better support student founders. The SAC offers fellow students insight into the resources that are available to them and coordinates regional student meetups. Ambassadors receive access to mentors, entrepreneurship how to’s and the opportunity to experiment with innovative new ways to support student founders.

Student Ambassador Benefits

  • Opportunity to travel and visit TN startup communities
  • Opportunity to connect with fellow Ambassadors statewide
  • Bi-monthly individual check-ins with LaunchTN staff to collect feedback and focus on how LaunchTN and our partners can help you achieve your entrepreneurship goals


  • Coordinate and promote regional student meetups, with LaunchTN support and funding
  • Provide feedback on existing and potential student programs
  • Promote resources and programs available to students on campus and in your community


  • Currently enrolled at a Tennessee college or university
  • Juniors, Seniors, Graduate and Ph.D. students are eligible
  • Must participate in at least 75% of scheduled meetings (on average, one call or meeting per month)
  • Prior engagement in entrepreneurship programs or a professor reference are a plus

Would you like to be considered for the next round of LaunchTN Student Ambassadors?

Apply Now!

Meet the Current Student Ambassador Committee!

East TN

Kenzie Butera, UT Chattanooga
Current Year: Junior
Major: Women’s Studies and Entrepreneurship
Hometown: Nolensville, TN

Ryan Cunningham, UT Knoxville
Current Year: Junior
Major: Supply Chain Management
Hometown: Collierville, TN

Kelsey Duncan, UT Knoxville
Current Year: Senior
Major: Business Administration; minor in Entrepreneurship and Collateral in Marketing
Hometown:  Franklin, TN

Grace McPherson, UT Chattanooga
Current Year: Senior
Major: Computer Science;  minor in Entrepreneurship
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN

West TN

Toti Cuervo, University of Memphis
Current Year: Junior
Major: Management/Computer Science
Hometown: Memphis, TN

Jay Murphy, University of Memphis
Current Year: Graduate Student
Major: Computer Science, MBA
Hometown: Memphis, TN

Kaje Simpson, University of Memphis
Current Year: Senior
Major: Social Sciences
Hometown: Memphis, TN

Middle TN

Julie Dunlap, Vanderbilt University
Current Year: Graduate Student
Major: Community Development and Action with a concentration in Entrepreneurship
Hometown: Nashville, TN

Jamie Isabel, Belmont University
Current Year: Junior
Major: Economics/Entrepreneurship
Hometown: Nashville, TN

Sarah Best Perry, Belmont University
Current Year: Junior
Major: Music Business and Entrepreneurship
Hometown: Nashville, TN

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